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Newer Blood Thinners are Changing the Standard of Care

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 10:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 11, 2016) — Oral anticoagulants (blood thinners) are commonly prescribed for prevention of stroke due to mechanical heart valves or an irregular heart beat called atrial fibrillation (“afib”), or for treatment of blood clots.  Anticoagulation therapy can save lives for patients who have blood clots or are at high risk for them. However, the arrival of a new class of anticoagulants creates a confusing array of choices.  Here are some anticoagulation basics to help you navigate.


All blood thinners cause an increased risk of bleeding – sometimes life-threatening – but that shouldn't prevent doctors from prescribing it or patients from taking it. One-third of US patients with afib who need anticoagulation aren't receiving it, according to a recently published major study.


With a 50-year track record, warfarin is the traditional option. For patients well managed on warfarin, it can be safe and effective.  However, warfarin requires some "trial and error" to determine the most effective dose while minimizing bleeding hazards, initially requiring frequent (every few days to weekly) lab monitoring (called INR) and can be affected by factors like age, diet, and other medications you are taking.


In the last five years, there have been four direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) approved in the US: apixaban, dabigatran, edoxaban, and rivaroxaban.  When compared to warfarin in major clinical trials, these DOACs were equally effective and demonstrated a lower incidence of major bleeding. DOACs have other advantages, including no need for routine lab monitoring, fewer drug and diet interactions, and more predictable dosing.  But DOACs still have a risk of bleeding and patients should routinely see a health care provider to check for compliance, drug interactions, and any changes in kidney or liver function, since DOACs can have some associated adverse effects.  Additionally, DOACs are more expensive than warfarin, although manufacturers offer assistance programs to qualified patients that can help defray costs.


If a patient on the DOAC dabigatran experiences severe bleeding, a recently-approved drug can help reverse that, and an antidote for the other three DOACs may be available soon.


While DOACs are effective, patients already taking warfarin shouldn't automatically switch to a DOAC, especially if they are tolerating warfarin well.


Now more than ever, if your doctor wants you to begin taking a blood thinner, discussing the different options available is important.  This discussion can educate you about the benefits of preventing blood clots versus risk of bleeding.


As always, don’t ever stop or make changes to any medication you've been prescribed without telling your healthcare provider. 


George Davis is Anticoagulation Program Pharmacist Coordinator with UK HealthCare Pharmacy Services and the Gill Heart Institute, and Associate Adjunct Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy.  


This column appeared in the July 10, 2016 edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader.


Media Contact: Laura Dawahare, laura.dawahare, (859) 257-5307

Safety Drill at Student Center Construction Site July 9

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 18:04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 8, 2016) On Saturday, July 9, Messer Construction, with the assistance of the Lexington Fire Department, will conduct a drill at the construction site of the new University of Kentucky Student Center. The drill is part of an assessment of the company's existing safety protocols and procedures. 


The drill is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday inside the Student Center construction site. Fire trucks will be on campus as part of the exercise, but there will be no interruption to campus operations during the drill. 


Do Your Part in Not Overusing Antibiotics

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 17:32

By Thein Myint, infectious diseases physician at UK HealthCare


LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 8, 2016) — Antibiotics have been used for the past 80 years to treat patients and have greatly reduced illness and death from infectious diseases. However, these same drugs have been used so extensively and for so long that the organisms they are designed to kill have adapted to them, making the drugs less effective over time.


Bacteria can spread from person to person. Although some of these bacteria don’t cause any problems, if you become infected with certain harmful bacteria, you may become sick. If those bacteria are resistant to antibiotics then your infection may be harder to treat because the antibiotics may simply not work.


This overuse and resistance to antibiotics is a growing problem throughout the world and in the U.S. In fact, a few weeks ago, a patient in Pennsylvania was determined to be infected with bacteria resistant to an antibiotic generally used as a drug of last resort called colistin. The patient recovered but the fear remains that if the resistance spreads to other bacteria, we could see “supergerms” resistant to all antibiotics.


Colistin is an old antibiotic many doctors stopped prescribing in the 1970s due its side effects and the availability of other antibiotics. However, it has been used more and more the past several years as other antibiotics have begun losing their effectiveness.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other countries have already seen multidrug-resistant superbugs that can’t be fought with any antibiotics including colistin.


Those at the greatest risk for antibiotic resistant bacteria are cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and others who are medically immunocompromised. However, overuse of antibiotics and its repercussions are issues everyone should take seriously and do their part to reduce.


The first step is to never take an antibiotic for a viral infection as they don’t cure viral infections such as:


o                Colds

o                Flu

o                Most sore throats

o                Most coughs and bronchitis (“chest colds”)

o                Many sinus infections

o                Many ear infections


Instead, wash your hands frequently and ask your health care professional about steps you can take to feel better and get relief from your symptoms without using antibiotics. If you are prescribed an antibiotic, be sure to ask if you really need it and if there are any alternatives.


If you need an antibiotic for an infectious disease such as strep throat, be sure to take it exactly as your health care professional tells you and safely discard any leftover medication.


Remember that while it may seem like taking an antibiotic wouldn’t be a bad thing, misuse can allow harmful bacteria to change and reproduce causing them to become resistant or immune to an antibiotic. When you use antibiotics appropriately, you are doing what is the best for your health, your family's health, and those around you.


This column originally appeared in the Sunday, June 26 edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader


Media Contact: Kristi Lopez,, (859)323-6363

Hair Cut-A-Thon Will Fund Hair Replacements, Treatment for Pediatric Cancer Patients

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 16:22

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 8, 2016) — Pediatric cancer interrupts all aspects of a child’s life, but one of the most visible signs of the treatment process is the absence of youthful hair.


Recognizing that hair loss is often a traumatic experience for pediatric cancer patients, Angie and Jay Ballard founded the Lexington nonprofit Anjay’s Kids. Since 2013, the nonprofit has supplied hair replacements and styling assistance exclusively for Kentucky Children’s Hospital DanceBlue Hematology/Oncology Clinic patients. The nonprofit merges Angie Ballard’s experience as a hairdresser with Jay’s passion for helping cancer patients as a registered nurse and radiology technician.


“It is an honor to work with the DanceBlue Clinic and we are humbled that they trust us to provide customized hair replacement to their patients,” Jay Ballard said. "It makes us very happy to be able to give back in some small way.”


The Ballards recently opened Hair Nation Salon and Spa on West Tiverton Way. They will host a Hair Cut-A-thon at the new location on Sunday, July 10, to raise funds for Anjay’s Kids and treatment for patients with exceptional circumstances.


Haircuts are $20 with an additional $10 to blow dry. The Cut-A-Thon runs from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., and 50 percent of proceeds support treatment for special cases while 50 percent of all proceeds support hair replacements for other KCH children. Walk-ins only.


For more information about Anjay’s Kids, click here.


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Unleash Your Inner Picasso at UK Fine Arts Institute

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 16:10


Hear what UK Fine Arts Institute students have to say about their ceramics and painting classes. 


LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 8, 2016) Do you have an inner Picasso begging to unleash his talents? The University of Kentucky's Fine Arts Institute is the answer for individuals wanting to test their abilities in numerous artistic ways. With classes in ceramics, drawing, painting, jewelry making, printmaking, photography and fiber arts, the community can learn the basics or advance their skills on the way to becoming the next Georgia O'Keefe, Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe or Arturo Alonzo Sandoval.


Not ready for the gallery circuit yet? That's okay. Art classes can be a great way to meet others in the community and even relax while using another part of your brain outside of a hectic work or class schedule.


"This is kind of what I do to keep myself sane during medical school. I come play with a little bit of mud," said Megan Riley, a medical student from Morehead, Kentucky, who took advanced ceramics. "I really, really enjoy my time here. There's a lot of different people with a lot of different levels of experience and I feel like I learn so much from everyone else. And it's really cool to see the art everyone else can make and see myself make art."


Don Glover, a repeat participant in the institute's ceramics courses, also enjoys working with the different levels of artists. "What's my favorite thing about this class? I would say probably the people and the environment and the fact that all levels of ability are welcome. There are people that have been clay buffs like me for a long time, and there are people that are brand-spanking-new and everyone gets to work together."


UK Fine Arts Institute is set to start their second session of art classes this summer on July 11. All classes are being offered as noncredit art courses. The classes range from painting to jewelry making and are offered at a beginners' level to more advanced levels. Class fees range from $5 to $190 per session.


In the second summer session most of the classes are offered once a week in the evenings. For those that are too busy during the week there are some Saturday classes and one-day workshops being offered as well.


The classes and workshops will be held in the new UK Arts and Visual Studies Building adding to the excitement. "It's really just a great environment and the new facility is awesome. It’s just fun. That's the bottom line," Glover said.


Summer session 2 will run from July 11-Aug. 19. Registration for summer session 2 is now open and includes the following classes:


  • "Beginning Ceramics" with Jill Coldiron, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, beginning July 7, and
  • "Taking Ceramics to the Next Level" with Coldiron, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning July 5.


  • "Explorations in Drawing" with Christine Kuhn, 6-9 p.m. Mondays, beginning July 11;
  • Open drawing sessions with Anthony Roccanova, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Aug. 13; and
  • “Foundational Portrait Drawing” with Thomas Baker, 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning July 13.

Jewelry Making

  • “Connections: An Exploration of Jewelry Design for Beginners” with Dwayne Cobb, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning July 12.


  • "Learn to Paint, Yes You Can!" with Kuhn, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning July 12, and
  • "Layering it On: Mixed Media Painting Techniques" with Kuhn, 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning July 13.


  • “Printmaking Using Alternative Silkscreen Techniques” with Sarah Brown, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, beginning July 16, and
  • "Printmaking Using Contemporary Woodcut Practices" with Brown, 1-4 p.m. Saturdays, beginning July 16.

In addition to the weekly classes, the following one-day workshops will also be offered during summer session 2:

Fiber Arts

  • "Felting on the FeltLOOM Felting Machine" with Laverne Zabielski, 1-3 p.m., July 16, July 30 or Aug. 13


  • "One Day Digital Photography Workshop for Beginners" with Lennon Michalski, Aug. 13.

For more information on any of these classes or workshops or their instructors, including cost and specific class times, visit the institute online at or visit the institute's Facebook page here.


The Fine Arts Institute, an outreach program of the School of Art and Visual Studies at the UK College of Fine Arts, offers all the resources and classrooms that the school has to offer through these noncredit art classes. All courses and workshops are open to the public.


Registration for UK Fine Arts Institute courses is available online at, by calling the institute at 859-257-8151, or by emailing Jane Andrus at



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KSBDC Hosts 'Preparing for Opportunity' Series in Eastern Kentucky

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 16:05

LEXINGTON, Ky., (July 8, 2016) — A door to greater business opportunities is about to open for the companies and communities of Eastern Kentucky with the proposed construction of a federal prison in Roxana. For those who wish to get a leg up on the many prospects the prison will bring, the Kentucky Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) , in partnership with the Letcher County Fiscal Court, will offer the "Preparing for Opportunity" training series.


Businesses can choose from workshops offered along two training tracks: government contracting and general business.


The three-part series will take place on July 12, July 26 and Aug. 9, with live instruction taking place at the Whitesburg campus of Southeast Community and Technical College ITV rooms and broadcast to the Middlesboro and Cumberland campuses. Instruction will be from 3-5 p.m. EDT or 6-8 p.m. at the Whitesburg campus. Only the 6 p.m. session will be broadcast to the Middlesboro and Cumberland campuses. A resource fair will be hosted at the Whitesburg campus from 4-6 p.m.


The training topics by date include:

July 12         

"Government Contracting Overview"

"Keys to Startup Success"


July 26         

"Exploring Certification and Certification Options"

"Where’s the Money? and Overview of Financing Options"


Aug. 9     

"How to Market to the Federal Government"

"Customers Mean Profit-Maximize Your Marketing"


“KSBDC is happy to invest in this region by underwriting the training cost that would normally run $300 per person for the three-part series,” said Becky Naugle, KSBDC state director.


There is no cost to participants, but seating is limited and pre-registration is required. Early enrollment is encouraged. Please note that workshops in each training track run concurrently. Register online at


For more information, visit or contact Shawn Rogers at 859-257-7662 or email


The Kentucky Small Business Development Center, part of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is a network of 13 offices located throughout the state. The center helps existing and start-up businesses succeed by offering high quality, in-depth and hands-on services. KSBDC is a partner program with the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information on KSBDC services, visit their website,


Other partners include: Kentucky Small Business Development Centers at Pikeville and Ashland, Southeast Small Business Development Center, Small Business Administration, Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, Kentucky Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Southeast Kentucky Economic Development, Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation, Mountain Association for Community Economic Development, Kentucky Innovation Network – Pikeville, Kentucky River Area Development District, Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Federation of Appalachian Housing Enterprises Inc. and Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet – Minority and Women Business Enterprise Certification.



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UK Police Hosting Regional K-9 Certification and Trials

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 15:15

LEXINGTON, Ky., (July 8, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Police Department is hosting the United States Police Canine Association Region 5 Certification and Trials event beginning this Sunday July, 10, and continuing through Wednesday, July 13, at the Carnahan House in Lexington.


“Law enforcement canines serve an invaluable function both to their agencies and and to the community they serve,” UKPD Chief Joe Monroe said. “We are honored to host the USPCA Region 5 Certification and Trials event this year.”


The United States Police Canine Association is the largest and oldest active organization of its kind. Region 5 encompasses law enforcement canine agencies across Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. These canines will be seeking recertification in agility, obedience, tracking, criminal apprehension, article evidence, narcotics detection and explosives detection at the historic Carnahan House, located on UK's Coldstream Research Campus, just off Newtown Pike.


“Regional and national certification for canine law enforcement agencies are an important tool in standardizing the level of expertise these canines and their handlers must have to become credible witnesses in their respective fields,” said USPCA Region 5 President Jason Thomas.


In 2004, UKPD obtained its first canine as a result of a mutual aid agreement with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The K-9 unit has grown to three canines — their names are Pink, Baska and Junior.


Members of the public are invited to attend the outdoor testing of law enforcement canines including the agility, obedience and criminal apprehension trials on Tuesday, July 12, and Wednesday, July 13.


For more information about USPCA, visit


For more information about the Region 5 Certification and Trials, visit



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Universities Off to a Flying Start With Large Drone Research Project

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 14:35


Click the arrows to view photos of the flight campaign in Oklahoma. 


LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 11, 2016)  Nearly 100 researchers and students from four universities, including the University of Kentucky, converged in Stillwater, Oklahoma, recently to do what they do best — fly unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), otherwise known as drone systems.


The groups from UK, Oklahoma State University (OSU), the University of Oklahoma (OU) and University of Nebraska-Lincoln were conducting their first flight campaign for CLOUD MAP, the $6 million NSF-funded project focused on using drones for improved precision agriculture and weather forecasting.


"It was a great opportunity as a student to learn and practice engineering skills; for UK to work closely with other schools; and for science to accomplish goals that very few have even attempted," said Rob Singler, a mechanical engineering student who attended the weeklong campaign.


With weather cooperating all week, UK flew 70 successful flights of nearly 250 total campaign flights testing different technologies. All UK flights were conducted per Federal Aviation Administration regulations under UK's blanket certificate of authorization.


"This flight campaign — the world's largest gathering of atmospheric science and UAS researchers to date — exceeded everyone's expectations," said UK College of Engineering's Suzanne Smith, director of the UK Unmanned Systems Research Consortium and principal investigator of UK's efforts in the project.


UK faculty, staff and students from the departments of mechanical engineering, biosystems and agricultural engineering and chemistry attended the campaign, which included a tour of the National Weather Center.


After 17 faculty investigators presented their research to more than 80 faculty, staff and students in attendance, "ideas started coming immediately as we witnessed the potential of this technology all together in one place," Smith said.


On the first full testing day, Smith said many were already imagining the possibilities of the research when working together for a second year — "and 2017 is only year two of this four-year project."


Collaboration kept the team flying high all week. UK's Sean Bailey and OU's Phil Chilson conceived joint test flights with two UK fixed-wing sensor platforms and OU's rotorcraft platform. UK's Michael Sama collaborated with OSU's Amy Frazier, sharing ground reference targets viewed with his multispectral imaging sensors.


Many joint exercises were conducted with the flights, allowing teams to compare sensor measurements and analyze which sensors could complement each other. Researchers also flew their UAS around an Oklahoma Mesonet site where high-quality reference weather and ground moisture data is available. 


"Now there is much data to evaluate and analyze over the next several months," Smith said.


A tour of the National Weather Center and the OU Advanced Radar Research Center completed the outstanding week for all.


The excitement of their accomplishments and collaborations is sure to energize the students and faculty as they work toward the next CLOUD MAP Flight Campaign tentatively scheduled for July 10-14, 2017, again in Stillwater. The 2018 flight campaign is planned for Kentucky.


UK staff attendees included:

Ryan Nolin (Mechanical Engineering)

Luis Felipe Pampolini (Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering)


Other UK faculty attendees:

Marcelo Guzman (Chemistry)

Jesse Hoagg (Mechanical Engineering)

Michael Renfro (Mechanical Engineering)


UK graduate students:

Ali Hamidisepehr (Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering)

Liz Pillar-Little (Chemistry)

Brandon Witte (Mechanical Engineering)


UK undergraduate students:

Caleb Canter (Mechanical Engineering)

Chris Good (Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering)

Jonathan Hamilton (Mechanical Engineering)

William Sanders (Mechanical Engineering)

Rob Singler (Mechanical Engineering)


For more information on CLOUD MAP, visit


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Jeff Zumwalt Named Director of Utilities and Energy Management

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 10:55

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 8, 2016)  The University of Kentucky has named Jeff Zumwalt the director of utilities and energy management, a role that will report directly to the vice president for facilities management as part of implementation of a new energy management and conservation effort across UK.


In his role, Zumwalt provides leadership on planning and implementing the university’s strategic initiatives related to utilities and energy management. This includes energy procurement, production and distribution throughout the campus. Zumwalt is also charged with developing and managing energy conservation programs.


Prior to coming to UK, Zumwalt worked as the associate director of production and distribution for Texas A&M University and the director of the physical plant department for the University of New Mexico (UNM).


At UNM, Zumwalt managed $80 million in utility renovations funded by energy efficiency improvements. His efforts in energy efficiency led to his appointment on UNM’s sustainability council. In this capacity, he drafted the first greenhouse gas inventory for the campus in 2007 and helped write the climate action plan.


He was also the vice president of Lobo Energy, a subsidiary of UNM that focused on opportunities to reduce energy costs. Prior to joining UNM, Zumwalt spent 12 years in the electric utility industry working for Reliant Energy and Southern California Edison.


Zumwalt earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles and a MBA from UNM.


He is active in industry associations as demonstrated by his past membership on the board of directors for the International District Energy Association and the New Mexico Industrial Energy Consumers. Zumwalt has also volunteered as a member of the faculty at the APPA Institute for Facility Management.



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Martin School to Offer Online Public Financial Management Programs

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 15:18

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 7, 2016)  There are exciting developments in the University of Kentucky's Martin School of Public Policy and Administration in the way of new academic offerings.


Beginning with the fall semester, the Martin School is offering an online, 12-credit-hour, four-course graduate level Certificate of Public Financial Management. The first two classes will be available in the fall and two more will be offered in the spring. Each class in the certificate program will be offered in an eight-week module. 


Two of the courses have been developed in partnership with the Von Allmen School of Accountancy, part of UK's Gatton College of Business and Economics, including a course taught by Urton Anderson, the director of the Von Allmen School.


"The Certificate of Public Financial Management is designed to provide 'in-place' staff of federal, state and local government or nonprofit organizational employees with an enhanced understanding of policies and processes needed for effective financial management of their department or organization," said Merl Hackbart, longtime professor who has served as the interim driector of the Martin School.


"Governmental accounting and auditing have a specific set of knowledge and skills which are different than those in corporate accounting," Anderson said. "Accounting programs have been able to provide only limited coverage to the governmental area. This program will offer governmental accounting professionals the opportunity to acquire this information in a structured and concise format so as to develop more efficiently and effectively their expertise."


Hackbart, who spearheaded the action to establish the new program, added, "The effective partnership forged by the Martin School and the Von Allmen School of Accountancy has made possible a unique program which establishes a niche serving an important national need — the enhancement of financial management processes and procedures of public and nonprofit organizations. The Certificate of Public Financial Management will help individuals enhance their knowledge and career advancement."


The Martin School will also soon launch a 36-hour Master of Public Financial Management (MPFM) program as a result of the Council on Postsecondary Education's recent unanimous vote to approve the degree. Also offered completely online, the MPFM will be the school's fourth degree program and will be distinct nationally because of its focus. The master's builds on the Martin School's national reputation which includes a ranking of fourth in the country in the area of public finance and budgeting by U.S. News & World Report.


The Martin School's new director, Ron Zimmer, said, "The programs leverage the nationally recognized strength in financial management of the Martin and Von Allmen Schools to train students here in the U.S. and internationally.”


Rhonda Trautman, the director of the new online programs being offered through the Martin School added, "These opportunities provide students from across the country and beyond a very affordable, flexible way to pursue graduate education while still receiving the same quality education as those students attending classes on campus.”


Anderson also cited the contributions of Jennifer Siebenthaler, a senior lecturer in the Von Allmen School who teaches governmental and nonprofit accounting for the Master of Science in Accounting (MSACC), as well as undergraduate accounting programs. Siebenthaler will be teaching the governmental accounting course for the online MPFM. 


The existing Martin School degree programs are the Master of Public Administration, the Master of Public Policy, and the Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration.


Another plus for the Certificate of Public Financial Management is that students who complete the 12 hours will be able to transfer that credit to the master's degree program.



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UK Law Gives High School Students Inside Look at Legal Education

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 11:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 7, 2016) A diverse group of 18 high school students, representing all of Lexington’s public high schools and Sayre School, came to the University of Kentucky College of Law recently for the third annual Summer Law Institute (SLI) — a seven-day residential law camp for rising juniors and seniors interested in law and the legal profession.


Kenleigh Joseph, a student at Tates Creek High School, participated in the camp this year. "This is one of the best experiences I’ve ever had," Joseph said. "I also think it’s brought me clarity on what I want to go into after high school."


Law Camp, co-hosted by the UK College of Law and the Fayette County Bar Association (FCBA), consists of four days of classes, one day of job shadowing, and a day of oral argument presentations. The classes, taught by UK law professors Allison Connelly, Mary Davis and Melissa Henke, covered the fundamentals of trial procedure, the judicial system, and criminal and civil law.


In addition to seeing the academic side of preparing to be a lawyer, students had the opportunity to see lawyers at work, in their offices and in the courtroom. They toured the Fayette Circuit Courthouse, got a glimpse of several live court sessions, and shadowed attorneys to see what a day in the life of a lawyer is really like.


In the evenings, students worked on daily assignments in Champions Court II (recently renamed Georgia M. Blazer Hall), their assigned dormitory housing, to prepare for the individual oral arguments they presented on Saturday morning in the College of Law courtroom. A law professor and two local judges critiqued the arguments.


“Each year’s group has a different personality and this group was lively, engaged, smart and maybe a bit rambunctious," said Judge Sheila Isaac, executive director for the FCBA. "They fit together very well and bonded early. As the other two groups in previous years told us, they wanted to stay longer and have a second year camp next summer.”


Aside from the busy educational agenda created by Allison Connelly, academic dean for Law Camp, there was also time to get a glimpse of student life at UK. The group that formed an instant bond played ultimate Frisbee, card games, ping-pong tournaments and even had dessert at local favorites Sav’s Grill and Insomnia Cookies.


The idea to host a law camp is credited to Isaac. When she first began as director of the FCBA, she met with the director of the Louisville Bar Association who informed her about their annual law camp funded by the Louisville Bar Foundation — the only program they have allowed to be funded every year.  She loved the idea, decided to write for a grant, and with the help of UK College of Law faculty and staff, the rest fell perfectly into place.


“Law Camp challenges these students academically and hones their speaking and debate skills,” Isaac said. “Within a week, a shy, nervous, soft-spoken student will turn into a zealous advocate for their imaginary clients.”


“The mock trial was fun,” said Keymari Johnson, rising junior at Henry Clay High School. “We all were assigned cases and had to defend our argument in front of Professor Connelly. It was like we were in a real situation.”


Isaac looks forward to next year’s Law Camp, a week that makes young people better citizens by educating them on the fundamentals of the law and trial, broadening their understanding and awareness of the bar, and promoting a positive image of the law profession.


The UK College of Law thanks the following who helped make this year’s Law Camp possible:


Law Camp Executive Director

Judge Sheila Isaac


Law Student Mentors

Rachel Hepburn

Skylar Jewell


Law Camp Faculty

Professor Allison Connelly

Professor Mary Davis

Professor Melissa Henke


Law Camp Judges and Lawyers

Judge Joe Bouvier

Matt Boyd

Taylor Brown

Judge Kim Bunnell

Julie Butcher

Traci Caneer

Connor Egan

Lucy Ferguson

John Hayne

Robert Houlihan Jr.

Kelly Kilgore

LaToi Mayo

Austin Mehr

Larry Roberts

Gregg Thornton



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Behind the Blue: UK"s Kathleen Montgomery Talks Brexit

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 16:36

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Financial markets and political conversations were roiled in recent weeks by the decision of voters in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. The so-called Brexit referendum has left numerous questions for policymakers and pundits alike to stew over.


To help bring clarity and context to the conversation, this edition of “Behind the Blue” explores Brexit with Kathleen Montgomery, an associate professor in UK’s Patterson School for Diplomacy and International Commerce. Montgomery specializes in development and international economics, among other areas, and on “Behind the Blue” she discusses the implications for the referendum on the future of the EU and even the economic impact on the Commonwealth of Kentucky.


You can download this edition and others of "Behind the Blue" at:



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UK Gill Heart Institute Partners with The Christ Hospital for Clinical Trial

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 15:35

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 6, 2016) — UK HealthCare's Gill Heart Institute and The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati have partnered to test a new treatment for adults with congenital heart disease.


The COMPASSION Trial will test the efficacy of the Sapien 3 valve as a replacement for a diseased pulmonary valve. The Sapien 3 has already been approved for replacement of the aortic valve.  


“This study offers a revolutionary new treatment for patients with adult congenital heart disease who would otherwise be facing at least a second surgical procedure,” said Dr. Dean Kereiakes, medical director of The Christ Hospital Heart and Vascular Center and The Carl and Edyth Lindner Center for Research and Education. “The Compassion Trial offers leading edge technology currently available for catheter-based aortic valve replacement to patients with surgically repaired congenital heart disease who need pulmonary valve replacement."


Patients enrolled in the trial will undergo their procedure at The Christ Hospital under the care of physicians from both The Christ Hospital and UK HealthCare.


The Sapien 3 valve was developed by Edwards Lifesciences of Irvine, California, and is the leading catheter-based device for treatment of aortic valve stenosis. In the COMPASSION trial, the Sapien 3 valve will be inserted via the femoral vein in the leg to the right side of the heart and into the pulmonary valve position.


According to COMPASSION co-PI Dr. Andrew Leventhal, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Kentucky, the Gill Heart Institute is one of the few U.S. centers to offer a multidisciplinary program dedicated to Adult Congenital Heart Disease.


"This new specialty is for patients who were successfully treated by pediatric cardiologists and surgeons, and as a result have grown to adulthood,” said Leventhal. “The COMPASSION Trial is an excellent example of new technology that will help bridge the gap for adults with congenital heart disease who still need specialized follow-up care."

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UK Alumni Association Names Service, Alumni Award Winners

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 15:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 6, 2016) The University of Kentucky Alumni Association Distinguished Service Awards and Joseph T. Burch Young Alumni Award are presented annually to honor and recognize those who have provided extraordinary service to the university and the association. The 2016 recipients were honored during the recent UK Alumni Association Board of Directors Summer Workshop in Lexington.


Shelia Key, of Pineville, Kentucky, graduated from UK with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy in 1991. She is a pharmacist at Walgreen’s Pharmacy. She has served on the UK Alumni Association Board of Directors since 2004 and she’s been part of the association’s Membership, Scholarship/Great Teacher, Executive and Nominating for Board of Directors Committees. Key also served as chairwoman and vice chairwoman of the Club Development Committee. She is past president of the Cumberland Valley East UK Alumni Club, where she has been instrumental in assisting with many club activities including the annual student sendoff, club scholarship initiatives, student recruitment events and community outreach. She led the effort to bring a DanceBlue mini marathon to Bell County High School and helped put together an event for honor students in Eastern Kentucky to encourage the best and brightest students from the region to attend UK. She has served the university as part of the UK Advocacy Network, Women and Philanthropy Network and as a contributor to the Wildcat Society, College of Pharmacy, the annual fund, Cumberland Valley East Scholarship Fund and K Fund. She is married to UK graduate Brian Key and is a Life Member of the UK Alumni Association.

John Ryan, of Louisville, Kentucky, graduated from the university with two degrees, earning a bachelor's degree in finance in 1992 and an MBA in 1995. He also earned a juris doctorate from the Brandeis School of Law, graduating cum laude, in 2000. He is senior vice president at Stock Yards Bank where he manages the credit department and performs various legal functions. Ryan's previous experience includes director of development for Churchill Downs where he managed mergers and acquisitions and negotiated the Derby TV contract and capital markets attorney for Stites & Harbison where he closed over $1 billion in capital markets transactions. Ryan also serves as a member of the UK College of Law Continuing Legal Education faculty where he has taught various financial institution law topics. Ryan has served on the board of directors for the Greater Louisville UK Alumni Club since 2004. He was chairman of the annual Greater Louisville UK Alumni Club Kickoff Luncheon and is past president of the Young Alumni. Ryan was instrumental in negotiating sponsor contracts for the club. As a student at UK, he served as manager of the football team and as an undergraduate advisor. Ryan coaches multiple sports at Holy Trinity Parish. He is married to UK graduate Adele Pinto Ryan and they have twin boys who are 12 years old. He is a Life Member of the UK Alumni Association.

Barbara R. Sanders, of Austin, Texas, graduated from UK in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy and in 1976 with a master’s degree in educational and counseling psychology. She earned her doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1976. She is the chairwoman of the Department of Physical Therapy and associate dean of the College of Health Professions at Texas State University-San Marcos. Sanders is completing her second term on the UK Alumni Association Board of Directors. She has served on the Communications, Scholarship/Great Teacher and Executive Committees. She has served as chairwoman and vice chairwoman of the Diversity/Group Development Committee as well as chairwoman of the Programs Optimization Task Force Strategic Planning Group. She was instrumental in starting the Central Texas UK Alumni Club and remains active in the club today. Sanders has worked throughout her career as an advocate for physical therapist education and is an active leader in the Academic Administrators Special Interest Group. She was named to the UK College of Health Sciences Dean’s Advisory Board in 2010 and inducted into the UK College of Health Sciences Hall of Fame in 2004. She is a UK Fellow and a Life Member of the UK Alumni Association. She is married to UK graduate Mike Sanders and they have one daughter, Whitney Duddey, who is also a UK graduate.


Will Nash, of Lexington, is this year’s Joseph T. Burch Young Alumni Award recipient. He graduated from UK with a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science in 2006. He is a member of the UK Alumni Association’s Board of Directors and the Young Alumni Council. Nash currently serves as vice-chairman of the Membership Committee and has previously been a member of the Budget/Finance Committee. After graduating from UK, he began his career with Teach For America, spending time teaching students in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Houston, Texas. He proposed and successfully founded Teach For America Appalachia, relocating to Hazard, Kentucky. As executive director of Teach For America Appalachia, he was responsible for vision, goals, priorities and strategies; managing staff and teachers; fundraising for the organization;' and cultivating partnerships with school districts. He recently joined the Education Advisory Board as director in the account management group. While a student at UK, he was voted Homecoming King and held various positions within the Student Government Association and Sigma Chi fraternity. He was a College of Arts and Sciences Student Ambassador and received the Otis Singletary Award, which recognizes the most outstanding male and female graduating student. He is married to UK graduate Katti Nash and is a UK Fellow and member of the UK Alumni Association.


About the Awards


The UK Alumni Association's Distinguished Service Awards are presented annually to honor and recognize up to four recipients, of which one can be a non-alum friend of the University of Kentucky, who have provided extraordinary service to the university and the association. Nominees for this prestigious award should have:

  • Demonstrated a history of diligent work for the UK Alumni Association and/or a local alumni club.
  • Contributed to the accomplishments of the UK Alumni Association and/or a local alumni club.
  • Provided leadership and dedication to university and association programs.
  • Provided meaningful service to alumni and friends of the university, community and profession.
  • Shall have at least 12 credit hours.


The UK Alumni Association's Joseph T. Burch Young Alumni Award is named for a longtime UK administrator who has spent the better part of his or her life in service to UK students. A nominee for this award must be an alumna or alumnus who is an active member of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association, who is 10 years or less out of college at the time of nomination and who has worked on behalf of young people through the university, the association, their alumni club or in the local community:

  • Raising funds for scholarships and/or awarding scholarships for students to attend UK.
  • Working with local high school students through club-sponsored event and/or Preview Nights to interest students in attending UK.
  • Working to educate youth in the local community, whether through tutoring, coaching or other means to keep them interested in learning.
  • Assisting in efforts to support the student alumni association through mentoring or other means.


The UK Alumni Association is a membership supported organization committed to fostering lifelong engagement among alumni, friends, the association and the university. For more information about the UK Alumni Association or to become a member, visit or call 1-800-269-2586.



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UK Graduate Confronts Diabetes in Appalachia

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 15:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 6, 2016) — Growing up in Hazard, Kentucky, Brittany Martin was familiar with diabetes. Many of her older relatives had been diagnosed with the chronic condition, and her younger family members were starting to develop it as well. In a state with one of the highest rates of diabetes — 11.3 percent of adults had a diagnosis in 2014 —Martin’s family wasn’t out of the ordinary, but she found the status quo unacceptable.


Since she graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2014 with a dual degree in biology and sociology, Martin’s family history and her interest in health have converged in her current role as coordinator of the Big Sandy Diabetes Coalition (BSDC), where she serves as an AmeriCorps Vista volunteer. The coalition, based at Big Sandy Health Care in Prestonsburg, aims to improve detection, prevention and treatment of diabetes through screening and connection with local resources; it serves the five southeastern counties of Floyd, Johnson Magoffin, Martin and Pike.


Diabetes is especially prevalent in southeastern Kentucky, with an average of 13 percent of adults diagnosed. In Pike County, at least 16 percent of adults have been diagnosed, and overall, an estimated 138,000 Kentuckians are thought to be living with undiagnosed diabetes.


In her role as the BSDC coordinator, Martin, 25, juggles many responsibilities, from hosting community screenings to planning board meetings and writing a regular newsletter. It didn’t take her long to observe that irregular screenings, a lack of follow-up, and shortage of robust data inhibited diabetes prevention and care at both individual and community levels.


“We decided we wanted to set up more systematic screenings, instead of opportunistic screenings, and eventually set up a diabetes registry and keep track of participants,” Martin said.


She is now leading a project to determine whether regular community screenings and targeted follow-up can help to identify undiagnosed cases, measurably improve health, and reduce the emotional and economic burden of diabetes through connection with local resources.


Martin, a registered phlebotomist, has personally screened 586 people since she began working with the Big Sandy Diabetes Coalition in August 2015. At each initial screening, she gathers baseline data and provides diabetes education. She then follows up with people who are diabetic or pre-diabetic to connect them with local resources and encourage them to come back for screening in six months.


Much of her work has been supported by grants and training from the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), which facilitates interdisciplinary and community-engaged health research with a focus on Appalachia. A CCTS community engagement grant provided funding for a pilot study of diabetes screening at a senior living center in Pike County. Martin has since received further funding and research training through the CCTS Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky (CLIK), which aims to enhance the capacity of local leaders to address health challenges.


Through CLIK, Martin received training on evidence-based interventions, data mining for research, and data collection and analysis — essential skills to assess the impact of a project. Equipped with this additional expertise, she is now researching the effectiveness of her diabetes screening system in nearby Martin County. 


"Brittany’s important work, receptivity to our input, and unparalleled enthusiasm have made her a stellar CLIK participant. She is an ambassador for UK, the CCTS and CLIK, sharing her expertise and her commitment to the health of residents of the Commonwealth," said Nancy Schoenberg, Ph.D., co-director of community engagement and research for the CCTS. 


Depending on the month, Martin hosts up to 10 community screenings across the five counties served by Big Sandy Health Care. The opportunity to work in multiple counties in Appalachia has enlightened even a native of the region about the area’s diverse needs and challenges.


“People speak of Appalachia as a whole, but Martin County has so much less than Pike County. Martin County doesn’t have a hospital. They have such a lack of access to care. They have one grocery store. It was very hard for me to find the resources to give them,” she said.


The outcomes of her screenings also alarm her. Despite the discrepancies of resources between the two counties, she finds similar rates of disease.


“It’s actually kind of scary. Roughly 24 percent of people are pre-diabetic and 25 percent are diabetic. That’s roughly half of my sample in the red zone,” she said. She sees particular challenges for individuals who face multiple health issues and dire socioeconomic circumstances.


“Sometimes we’ll go do screenings in the homeless shelter. Imagine being homeless and diabetic. Sometimes people are also recovering from addiction. Really, can you imagine being homeless and diabetic and recovering from an addiction?”


At some of the community screenings, people have been surprised to learn that they’re diabetic or at immediate risk.


“We did a screening at Big Sandy Community College because some of the students didn’t have health insurance. A lot of them learned that they had pre-diabetes, and they were in their early 20s. It was scary for them. One person was diabetic and didn’t know it. At all ages we’ve screened, there’s been at least one person who’s said ‘Oh my god, I didn’t know, I didn’t know the signs.’”


Her data, however, encourages her about the potential impact of systematic community screening with targeted follow-up. Her initial screening study in Pike County found that 50 percent of people who received follow-up information and returned for their six-month screening had lower A1C levels.


Her demonstrated success has also yielded nearly $20,000 in outside funding to pay for community screenings and upcoming educational classes. Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicaid, Aetna Better Health of Kentucky, and Passport Health Plan have provided a total of $11,000 in sponsorships for screenings (it costs about $7 to screen one person). Martin also recently received a $9,000 grant from Marshall University in West Virginia to support upcoming diabetes education classes in Big Sandy communities.


“Without the CCTS grants — without the money to start this program and show the results — I don’t think we would have gotten these other sponsorships in place. We wouldn’t have been able to screen as many people or even have the hope of screening more in the future,” Martin said.


Martin also initiated a partnership with Marshall University to train Big Sandy Diabetes Coalition colleagues to lead “gentle yoga” exercises for their clients in order to increase movement and activity, especially for individuals who are wheelchair-bound or have trouble exercising.


“There are a lot of positive health effects of gentle yoga,” she said. “We work with the aging population, and as they age we want to keep them moving. Safe, slow movements, even if someone is wheelchair-bound, can help keep away chronic effects of things like diabetes.”


She’s developing yet another partnership to integrate retinopathy screenings at some community outreach events. Over the course of nearly 600 diabetes screenings, Martin observed the acute need for eye care, and engaged both UK and the University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Optometry to provide retinopathy screenings at some of her events. Dr. Ana Bastos de Carvalho of UK and clinicians and optometry students from Pikeville University will conduct the screenings.

When Martin isn’t busy with her full-time (and mostly unpaid) work as the diabetes coalition coordinator, she works at least 30 hours a week as a waitress. She is also studying for both her MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) and OAT (Optometry Admission Test) exams, with plans to apply to medical and/or optometry school at Pikeville University. Her ultimate goal is to become a practicing physician in a rural community. It’s a demanding portfolio of responsibilities, and though Martin only sleeps about five hours a night, she doesn’t tire of her work.


“I’m right where I’m supposed to be.”



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WUKY, NPR Special Report Honors Slain News Reporters

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 12:12

LEXINGTON, Ky., (July 5, 2016)  The following is a special report from NPR (National Public Radio) and the University of Kentucky's WUKY.


NPR sent a reporting team to Afghanistan in May to get a sense of the security situation there. It was during that reporting trip that colleagues David Gilkey and Zabi Tamanna were killed in a Taliban ambush.


A series by Tom Bowman and Monika Evstatieva that includes coverage from that trip is airing today on "All Things Considered" and will continue to air on "Morning Edition" Wednesday morning and again on "All Things Considered" through Wednesday evening. There will be several appearances over two days accompanied by special online coverage with some of Gilkey's last photos and an essay by Bowman summing up the answer to the question behind the trip: "how is this war going?" The last of the stories includes audio from Bowman and Evstatieva’s vehicle as it was struck by gunfire during the ambush.


In case you missed this morning’s first report it will be online at


"We wanted to alert you that these stories were coming. We have also told David’s family and Zabi’s family about these upcoming accounts. These stories are more than powerful journalism — they are the ultimate testament to the courage and commitment of our colleagues," said Mike Oreskes of NPR.


Ashley Westerman, a former WUKY intern now a reporter with NPR, did a report on the Ark this morning which will also be on the WUKY website.  



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PTS Extends Deadline to Apply for Bike Voucher Program

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 10:55

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 6, 2016)  As announced in April, University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is renewing their bike voucher program. This program encourages employees to consider alternatives to driving a vehicle to campus.


The deadline to apply for a bike voucher has been extended to July 14, 2016. Faculty, staff and students who wish to participate and who have already purchased a 2016-2017 parking permit may return it for a pro-rated refund.


An eligible bike voucher candidate must:

  • Have had a parking permit last year (2015-2016) OR be new to UK (start date of 2/13/16 or later).
  • Have a graduation date or assignment end date at least two years in the future.
  • Be a student not living in campus housing OR be a faculty or staff employee with an office located on UK's campus (i.e. does not include areas like Alumni Park Plaza, Turfland, Coldstream).

In order to receive a voucher, participants must sign a car-free commitment that will restrict them from purchasing a motor vehicle parking permit for two years. Vouchers are awarded with the goal of removing motor vehicles from campus.


In the program's first year, PTS selected 100 bike voucher recipients from a pool of 462 applicants. The 100 qualified recipients each received a $400 voucher, redeemable at participating local bicycle shops, in exchange for not bringing a motor vehicle to campus for two years.


The one-time vouchers may be used toward the purchase of a bicycle or gear and accessories to outfit a bike that the employee or student already owns. Program participants will also receive 10 scratch-off parking passes — one-day permits that may be used on occasions when participants must bring a motor vehicle to campus. Participants will have the opportunity to purchase up to 40 additional scratch-off permits per fiscal year.


To learn more about the bike voucher program or to submit an application, visit



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